Lihan and Hall Advance to Singlehanded Nationals for IC Sailing
Sept. 30, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Even though the 2013-2014 season just began a few weeks ago, the first of Navy's conference championships happened this past weekend with the Faye Bennet MAISA Women's Singlehanded Championship at Navy. Sixteen of the best women sailors in the Mid-Atlantic were on hand, vying for four berths in the ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championship in Newport, R.I. from November 8-10.
After battling choppy and variable conditions throughout the weekend, Marissa Lihan and Mary Hall finished second and third, respectively to punch their tickets to Nationals. Emma Ferris and Hannah Hughes also competed, finishing ninth and tenth overall. This is the fourth time Lihan has advanced to the main event, with her top performance coming in 2012 where she was fifth, and the third time for Hall, who finished fourth last year. Both will be looking to do better those results this time around.
The other qualifier Navy participated in this weekend was the MAISA Laser Elimination at USMMA in Kings Point, N.Y. In this event, 20 men were competing for the final six berths in the Carl Van Duyne MAISA Men's Singlehanded Championship, also at KP from October 12-13.
After eighteen grueling races, Phil Youngberg came out in second overall to advance to the next round. Coming up just short were Charlie Peck and Michael Madigan, who finished eighth and tenth, respectively. Phil will be joined at the Van Duyne by Markus Edegran, who qualified at the Laser South Regatta two weeks ago.
Another group of Midshipmen headed up to the Hood Trophy, hosted by Tufts University in Medford, Mass. This is a rather unique event which is sailed in a type of boat, the Lark, which is not raced anywhere else on a body of water, Mystic Lake, that is not much bigger than our own Santee Basin. It does however draw a lot of the top talent in New England Navy was happy to make the trip up to show that the team is always ready to battle with any equipment on any field. Navy proved that once again this year as the team claimed third overall in the deep eighteen team event. Michael Popp and Sarah Blake finished fifth in A division while Patrick Snow and Layne Morrison were third in B.
Closer to home, Navy also competed in the St. Mary's College Fall Interconference Regatta in Historic St. Mary's City, Md. This event was the top draw for the majority of the coed sailors on the East Coast and the racing remained tight throughout the weekend in the stacked eighteen team field. Sailing in the Horseshoe Bend on the St. Mary's River, the fleet was challenged by light and extremely shifty winds and consistency proved hard to come by. After a hard fought first day, Navy found itself in play for a top finish heading into Sunday, but struggled to remain consistent and wound up eighth overall for the weekend. Michael Grove and Chelsea Smith finished ninth in A division while Markus Edegran and Alex Asuncion were eighth in B.